First Spiritual Exercises

Australian Centres for Ignatian Spirituality

First Spiritual Exercises

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Canisius CIS

What is the First Spiritual Exercises
The First Spiritual Exercises (FSE), with its twin Ignatian ministries of initiating Spiritual Conversation and giving Spiritual Exercises, is the predominant form of the Exercises given most frequently by Ignatius to others as a layman and later with the early Jesuits to anyone of good will.

It is a shorter form of Exercises and usually given for four weeks in daily life. There are four retreats to choose from and the purpose of them all is to help a person ask for and receive inner peace. The FSE leads to a deeper personal relationship with God, the Trinity.

The FSE is based less in spirituality centres than in local communities, and ripples out freely into communities, in a collaborative ministry, which enriches, animates and supports any ministry or service.

The FSE Community
The First Spiritual Exercises home office is located in Pymble, New South Wales, with regional FSE teams in NSW, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and WA. We work in collaboration with CIS teams, CLC, and other Ignatian partners. Our website and cloud community links and further supports FSE givers and receivers locally and internationally.


First Spiritual Exercises Team Members

Michael Hansen S.J. (Director), Frances Tilly (Assistant Director)


Contact Details

  • Director Michael Hansen S.J.
  • Frances Tilly (Assistant Director)
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  • 02 9488 4565
  • 102 Mona Vale Rd Pymble, NSW 2073